Every year, many Americans sustain injuries from falls in nursing homes. These injuries can have life-altering and sometimes life-threatening complications. If your loved one’s injuries from a fall were sustained because of the negligence or abuse of nursing home staff, they–or possibly you–have the right to hold the at-fault parties responsible.
The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is here to help.
We offer a free consultation where we can evaluate the details of your case and explore your options for recovering compensation. If we believe you have a case, we will investigate the details of the accident to determine liability and pursue compensation to the fullest extent of your loved one’s injuries. You pay nothing out of pocket or anything upfront. We take our fee from the settlement they get you. That means we only get paid if you do. We offer a free consultation, call now at (800) 842-6336.
Common Injuries in Falling Accidents
Some of the most common fall injuries in nursing homes include:
During a falling accident, a sudden force is placed on the bones. Seniors have bones that are more fragile. Bones like the hip, wrist, and ankle are extremely susceptible to breaking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 95% of hip fractures in adults over the age of 65 are the result of falls. Hip fractures are particularly dangerous for seniors, as studies show that up to 50% of patients who fracture a hip die within six months of the injury.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
The CDC reports that for adults aged 65 and older, falls are the most common cause of TBIs. While Traumatic Brain Injuries can significantly vary in seriousness, these injuries can quickly become life-threatening in the elderly.
Sprained Wrists or Ankles
While sprained ankles and wrists are common injuries during falling accidents, these injuries can be extremely painful and take months to fully heal. During the healing process, movement and normal activities are restricted, and the individual’s quality of life is affected.
There are a number of different types of injuries that seniors can sustain because of falling accidents, including:
- Herniated disks: Soft disks in the spine push out through a tear in the tough exterior casing
- Compression fractures: Weakened bones in the spine crumple because of a sudden force of a fall, among other causes
- Spinal Stenosis: An injury to the spine from a fall displaces a bone in the spine, damaging the contents of the spinal canal
These are a few possible kinds of injuries your loved one may have because of a falling accident in a nursing home. To find out what options you have for recovering your losses, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 933-4159.
Receiving Compensation After a Fall Injury in a Nursing Home
Every case is different. However, we have worked on cases like yours before, and types of damages that victims were awarded in those cases include:
- Medical costs, such as hospital stays, ambulance rides, surgical procedures, medication, doctor’s examinations, and therapies
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
If you lost someone you love because of a nursing home fall caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Compensation that you may recover after a wrongful death claim includes:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost wages from time away from work tending to your loved one
- Out-of-pocket costs associated with the accident or care of your loved one
- Medical costs left to your family
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship
These are just a few possible types of awards that may be recovered after a falling injury in a nursing home. You may be entitled to these and others if you qualify.
Proving Liability After a Fall in a Nursing Home
In order to prove liability after a falling accident in a nursing home, we must show that the four elements of negligence exist. These include:
- Duty of Care: The nursing home had a duty to provide your loved one with a reasonable standard of care
- Breach of Duty: The nursing home breached their duty, and one or multiple parties were negligent or abusive
- Causation: The breach of duty caused your loved one to fall
- Damages: Your loved one sustained damage because of that falling accident
In general, the breach of duty in these cases can be the greatest challenge to prove. That said, we have worked on many cases like these before and are proud of the results we achieved in those cases.
How Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Help
In order to determine who is at fault for your loved one’s injuries, we will conduct an investigation into the accident. We will gather evidence like eyewitness statements, medical records, and video surveillance to determine what happened in the time leading up to their fall. We will also use medical records, bills, receipts, and other documentation to show the extent of your financial losses. This can help us determine the value of your case and identify what a fair settlement looks like.
We will take the burden off your shoulders by pursuing compensation with the insurance company to the fullest extent of your loved one’s injuries. Do not worry about any out-of-pocket costs in working with us. We work on a contingency fee basis, where you pay nothing out of pocket or upfront. We only get paid if you do.
To find out what options you have for recovering compensation regarding fall injuries in nursing homes, contact the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 842-6336.